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Changing a Car Tyre >>

1. Ensure your car is secure: Make sure before attempting to change a tyre that the car is secure - Don’t not change a tyre on an incline or hill; always seek a flat surface. even if it means driving on a flat tyre. Use bricks, to raise the car and keep it stable. Also locate the jack, T wrench and tools from car to administer the tyre replacement.

2. Take off hubcap: Use a screwdriver or similar prying tool to pop off the tyre hubcap. You may have to do this in a couple of places, sometimes to loosen the hubcap first. Once removed should now expose the lugnuts so you can undo them.

3. Undo lug nuts: Apply all your weight to the bar or wrench. Turning the nut counter clockwise, which loosens it. Don't remove the lug nuts completely, only loosen them enough to remove by hand.

4. Jack-up the vehicle: Place the jack securely under the edge of the car. Proper locations may vary among vehicle models, so consult the owner's manual for the right places to put the jack.Place the jack into the appropriate position under the car and pump up and down until the car is raised off the ground to allow the wheel to be removed from car.

5. Put the spare wheel on: Once the flat tyre has been removed from the car, place the new spare in its place. Place lugs back on the wheel and tighten with the T wrench.

6. Lower the Vehicle: Release the jack and lower the vehicle to the ground. After the vehicle is lowered, use the T wrench to tighten the lug nuts as much as you can.

7. Replace hubcap: Your are done!

How to keep your Car Clean? >>

Washing your car is the most important thing you can do to keep it running like new. A good rule of thumb is to scrub your car from the top down. Don't press too hard avoid grinding in dirt that could scratch the paint. As you wash, it's important to keep the car wet, especially when you get to difficult patches such as bird droppings and sap. Use your hose to mist the car as needed.

1.Use a good qulity Car wash soap, do not use dish washing liquid!. This will remove your car's wax coat. Theres plenty brand around so choose something that retails around $9-15.

2. A wash mitt made of sheepskin or microfiber cloth. Both materials are designed to pick up and hold dirt. Sponges work too. Don't use towels; they merely push the dirt around rather than pick it up.

3. Two buckets - one bucket for rinsing.

4. A drying cloth. Chamois (natural or synthetic) is the traditional choice, but it can scratch your car's paint. An absorbent fast drying microfiber towel makes the job faster and easier.

5. A shady location. (Direct sunlight will dry the car prematurely and leave spots.)

6. Start cleaning!

How to detail your Car - this is the next step to taking car of your car like a pro..

1. Don't allow anybody to smoke in my car, eat or leave garbage in the car

2. Armorall and plenty of it can keep the interior clean protect and shine your interior, also keeping the car smelling fresh.

3. To keep your car smelling nice, leave a plastic refill bag of fabric softener under your car seat. The smell permeates the whole car and makes it smell lovely.


Car Maintenance Tips >>

There are a few things that are going to do to maintain your car, simply things because neglecting them will cost you lots of money in the long run..

1. Tyres. Make sure they are properly inflated to the manufacturers specified pressure. Tyre gauges are cheap and easy to use. Tyres should be replaced when tread wear indicators are showing between the treads.

2. Oil. Oil is the blood of your car, and without it, the car isn't going to go far. Check the oil dip-stick regularly at least every 2000kms. Check the oil regularly, about once a week, and change the oil or have it changed by your mechanic when you reach the 3000-3500km limit.

3. Brakes. The braking systems of modern cars are designed to be replaced periodically to maintain maximum braking efficiency. Have your brakes checked by a mechanic once per month. If you notice problems with the brakes, take your car to have the brakes serviced immediately.

4. Fluids. Coolant, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, brake fluid, and other fluids need to be checked at a minimum of once per week. Ask your mechanic to demonstrate the method to check these.

5. Lights. Make sure to check your headlights, taillights, reverse lights, and turn signals.

6. Windshield wipers. It's not difficult to replace worn wiper blades. Replace the blades once a year as needed, you can also replace the entire wiper assembly if required. If you do a lot of driving in wet weather conditions, you may also want to apply a water repellent treatment to your windshield.

Switching to E10 Fuel Can Save You Money >>

Ethanol is a type of alcohol. It is a renewable energy source and not as harmful to the environment as petroleum products. It will save you $$$ at the bowser, but keep it mind it burns more rapidly than petrol giving you fewer Km's.

Cars built after 1986 can safely use petrol with ethanol added. In Australia, ethanol is made from sugar cane, red sorghum and the waste from starch production. In the past ethanol has been blamed for being corrosive. But these days the ethanol sold in Australia must by law contain a corrosion inhibitor - Please check your cars manufacurer / manual to ensure the engine is capable of running a certain percentage of ethanol.


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